Friday, January 25, 2013

1863 January 17 Chapel Hill, N.C.

[from the diary of Eliza Oswald Hill, refugee from Wilmington, N.C.]

Saturday - 17th  I was very unwell last night but feel better to day
tho' no appetite & if I had there is nothing on the table I could eat _ I re-
ceived an unexpected letter from dear Liz - She complains of
dizziness & feeling heavy & dull - & thinks she will send Arica
up to pack up her things & deliver up her room - As she says
she wont be able to return before the summer even if she gets
better - The Governor left Mrs Branch the house she is in the
furniture - Carriage & horses & a small piece of ground in
front of the house - Her life time - I think he ought to
have left her more - She has been so kind & nursed him so well.
Mr Dawson arrived last night & took his family round to
the house he rented - He said the Yankees had not yet arrived
at Wilmington tho' they were hourly expected - Now they
number at Newbern 50,000 strong & must expect to advance
on Goldsboro' Wilmington or Weldon - Sarah is spending
the day out - Mrs Walters gone up to see Mrs Wm Wright
Mr & Mrs Smith left for Raleigh n the Eleven OClock

MSS 6960

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